Does your life ever feel like you’re just dragging along? You have all these goals, all these daily quotas, all this motivation, but at the end of the day you meet none of them. Does that bother you just as much as it bothers me? You go online, you read the websites, you browse the blogs. . .self help this, self help that. Mind you, this is all fine and dandy. I, too, am subject of countless hours on the vast internet searching for ways to better myself. I guess sometimes we overwork ourselves, don’t we? As a friend of mine once told me, “Don’t lose yourself in your own ambition.” This hit home. I took a step back to evaluate. Maybe. . .just maybe, I had been so obsessed with trying to meet my own expectations, that I was forgetting to just be a teenager. I’m guessing you also feel that you’re growing up too fast, or it’s like you’re TRYING to grow up too quickly. Trust me, as the queen of over-achieving in everything I do, I know the hunger to be out there in the world and to make a name for yourself. That takes determination and hard work. But it also takes patience. If you spend all your time vigorously engrossed in your future, then you’ll miss out on the present. After all, it’s what you do NOW that affects your future. So I ask myself, do I really want to look back ten years from now and wonder if I ever actually took the time to just live? You know how your parents always tell you to “Just be a kid”? Well, turns out, maybe they’re right. Maybe, now hear me out, step back from the idea-board and take a minute to breathe. Call up a friend, go for a drive, take a walk, watch a movie, eat a whole bag of gummy-bears, who cares? Just live a little, and I promise you’ll find some clarity. When I stepped back, I began to see all the little things I was missing. I was looking so far ahead that I couldn’t see two feet in front of me. I don’t know if this will inspire you to go outside or read a book or whatever it is you do, but if anything, just be aware that you are only living in the moment. There’s no way to tell what the future holds, so we might as well make the most of today.